Personnel: Tom Araya (vocals); Gary Holt, Kerry King (guitar); Paul Bostaph (drums).
Audio Mixer: Terry Date.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Andrew Stuart.
Repentless, the 11th studio album by Slayer, and their first in six years, was a trial by fire. Though guitarist Kerry King had been working on the album since 2011, the process was interrupted when co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away after a long illness in 2013. In addition, drummer Dave Lombardo was replaced with Paul Bostaph (who had played on God Hates Us All). Slayer soldiered on with drummer Bostaph and replacement guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus). Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones) produced the set. Its first single, "Implode," was issued in April 2014, while the title track for Repentless was issued in June of 2015 -- King dubbed it "Hannemanthem." The song "Atrocity Vendor" -- originally a B-side for "World Painted Blood" in 2009 -- has been significantly re-recorded. Perhaps prodded by so much adversity, this 12-song set presents an abundance of the band's signature high-speed, thrashing tempos and punishing riffs. ~ Thom Jurek
Rolling Stone - "[I]t's their most vital, bloodthirsty offering since 2001's GOD HATES US ALL, with furious guitar solos from Kerry King and guest Gary Holt."
Billboard - "[T]he album is more focused and fierce than its predecessor, 2009's Hanneman-assisted WORLD PAINTED BLOOD."
Pitchfork (Website) - "REPENTLESS is solid....no one knows how to make a Slayer song like they do. Three decades on from Hell Awaits, 'Delusions of Saviour' shows they still know how to create a lurching intro..."